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Automobile coat made out of raccoon fur (1906, U.S.)

Raccoon coats, a full-length fur coat made of raccoon hide, were a fad in the United States during the 1920s. Such coats were particularly popular with male college students in the middle and later years of the decade.

They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[1] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[2] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukelele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm.

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Yale Daily News (blog)

Yale Daily News (blog)
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:22:14 -0800

I totally get it. I have had a yearning for a raccoon coat since puberty -- just to be cool, different, and warm! At a much later time in my life I finally acquired one -- a used full length Canadian gem, with a wonderfully French masculine name ...


Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:28:22 -0800

When Charles was struck, a frightened Dick, wearing a raccoon coat, leapt 11/2 stories into the 28-degree water. "I was not under water very long," he wrote in a letter to another survivor, Col. Archibald Gracie, "as soon as I came to the top I threw ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 10:33:02 -0700

In 1987, he told the Dallas Morning News that he had led cheerleading “from the raccoon coat and megaphone to greater heights.” “His contributions to our industry have gone far and wide,” said David Kirschner, a former Syracuse University cheerleader ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Wall Street Journal (blog)
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 07:49:35 -0700

At another's, she slept in the unheated attic and during the frigid Ithaca winters, covered herself in a raccoon coat, a gift from her aunts who worried she would freeze to death. After four years of a stellar undergraduate record, Margaret confidently ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 03 Jul 2015 17:58:53 -0700

While cheerleading at scholastic sports events dates to the 19th century, Mr. Herkimer boasted that he took it “from the raccoon coat and pennant to greater heights,” especially after World War II, when more women began enrolling in the nation's colleges.


Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:21:20 -0700

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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 04:07:47 -0700

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Fri, 05 Jun 2015 07:03:45 -0700

Evie tried not to dwell on that fact as she grabbed her new raccoon coat and gray wool cloche from the coat-​check girl and headed out front, where a small but enthusiastic crowd waited in the January drizzle. When Evie opened the door, they surged ...

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